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It Starts with You

I still don't know why some people do the things they do, but one guy wanted to walk on a tightrope over Niagara Falls while pushing someone in a wheelbarrow. Apparently it is a true story.Yes, a man actually had the crazy idea thathe wanted to walk on a tightropeacross Niagara Fallswhile pushing a wheelbarrow with a man in it. Apparently, he put together a detailed, rigo...

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Elder's Corner- Feb/Mar Chimes

Your elders met four times since our last update, always beginning with prayer asking our Lord for guidance and direction, and finishing with prayers for specific individuals in the congregation needing prayer. In October and November, we began the process of developing goals for 2020. We are working on a five-year strategic plan and are seeking to put the next year goals...

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NO Condemnation (Seriously)

This Sunday I spent 25 minutes preaching on one whole verse. "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1) It may seem odd, but if I had to do it again - based largely on emails I have received and conversations I have had - I would preach this verse and this concept of living forgiven for an entire month.One of the things I am d...

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Observing Lent (beginning February 17)

Lent will soon be here and Rockland will be fully engaged in this preparation for Easter, April 4. Even as early as the second century Christians have observed a time of fasting, a special focus on the poor, and spiritual disciplines. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believers through prayer, penance, repentance of sin, almsgiving, atonement and ...

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Kid's Ministry- Feb/Mar Chimes

Making life-long disciples for Jesus! The Rockland Kids Families Ministry is in the business of discipling kids from birth through 5th grade and we hope you'll join us in this very important work. Officially, the word discipling doesn't show up in the Merriam-Webster's dictionary, but that's not stopping us and we hope it won't stop you either! A disciple is simply so...

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The First Musicians

You might think thatif someone came up to me after a worship servicewhere Ijust preacheda sermon and said, "I was really movedby the musictoday",it would bother me.But it doesn't. In fact, I love it.Does that make me weird?As we prepare for our Nativity Celebration this Sunday with all sorts of great music from all generations, I am reminded of how meaningful music has be...

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Ed's Announcement

In case you missed our worship services today, I made anannouncement on behalf of Pastor Ed (who is home sick so he was unable to do it in person - pray for him!)I'll let him tell you in his own words. (See below) To My Dear Rockland Community Church Friends,After much prayerful deliberation, Michelle and I believe that the Lord is leading me to retire from my professiona...

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O Come, All Ye Faithful

I would have Christmas tunes playing on the radio year-round if Nikki would let me. I love them. The songs we sing at Christmasare some of the finest pieces music known to man, and the classic hymn "O Come, All Ye Faithful" is certainly one of theuniversal favorites. It is a Christmas classic. It is a Latin hymn written in the 18th century and translated by Frederick Oak...

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Merry Christmas, Rockland

It has been said that the job of a preacher is both comforting the broken heart, andbreaking the hard heart. The story of Christmasis the story of bothcomfortfor those who are hurting,andjoyfor those whose hearts need to be quickened to Him. It encompasses both comfort and joy in perfect harmony.Like thesong says: God rest ye merry gentlemenLet nothing you dismayRemember...

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New Year

"By the time thenextdecade starts, we will be empty nesters" ...was the statement I un-advisedly made to my wife to ruin an otherwiseperfectly lovely evening we were having.Oops.[ NOTE: Please read to end of email for links to document for the annual meeting ]That realization shook us a bit. After all, we still have two kids in elementary school! It got me thinking in ter...

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